Death on tap

Ellie Alexander

Book - 2018

A brewmaster must discover who killed the competition when her ex-husband -- and brewing rival -- is accused of the crime.

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Series
Alexander, Ellie. Sloan Krause mystery.
Subjects
Genres
Mystery fiction
Detective and mystery fiction
Published
New York, NY : St. Martin's Press 2018.
Edition
St. Martin's Paperbacks edition
Language
English
Item Description
Minotaur hardcover edition published 2017.
Physical Description
328 pages ; 18 cm
ISBN
9781250190703
1250190703
Main Author
Ellie Alexander (author)
Review by Library Journal Reviews

After Sloan Krause walks in on her husband, Mac, having sex with the new barmaid, she kicks him out and quits her job at the Krause family brewery. This also means leaving Mac's parents, who have become stand-ins for the ones Sloan never knew. An expert at craft beer and food preparation, Sloan is excited about an opportunity at Nitro, a new microbrewery and taproom in the Bavarian-inspired town of Leavenworth, WA. But her thrill is tempered when she finds a body in Nitro's tank and Mac becomes a suspect after his lighter and fingerprints are found at the scene. Although Mac is a cheater, Sloan is set to prove he isn't a killer. VERDICT The author of the "Bakeshop" mysteries (A Crime of Passion Fruit) introduces a new series with likeable characters, an atmospheric small-town setting, and a quirky adversary for the amateur sleuth. The engaging premise and pairings of beer and food should appeal to fans of Avery Aames's "Cheese Shop" titles.—LH Copyright 2017 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Set in Leavenworth, Wash., a neo-Bavarian craft beer paradise, this hopped-up series launch from Alexander (A Crime of Passion Fruit and five other Bakeshop mysteries) introduces gifted beer brewer Sloan Krause. When Sloan catches her husband, Mac, in flagrante with the barmaid at the Krause family's venerable microbrewery, Das Keller, Sloan leaves Mac and takes a job at Nitro, a competing brewery. There she discovers brewmaster Eddie Deluga, "bloated with beer and death" in a brewing tank. The local police chief arrests Mac for Eddie's murder. For the sake of their teenage son and Mac's terrific parents and brother, Sloan must save her low-life cheating husband by sussing out the real killer. Meanwhile, the chemistry cooks between Sloan and handsome Garrett Strong, Nitro's owner. Alexander provides everything you want to know about brewing, maybe more, including the temperature for storing hops and reasons to filter. Readers will enjoy descriptions of Sloan's IPA cupcakes and chocolate stout brownies; many will wish the recipes weren't a mystery. (Oct.) Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

After catching her husband cheating on her, craft-brew expert Sloan Krause leaves the family business to work for a hip, new nano-brewery, only to discover a competitor dead in the fermenting tub, clutching a secret recipe. Reprint. K. LJ. PW.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

After catching her husband cheating on her, craft-brew expert Sloan Krause leaves the family business to work for a hip, new nano-brewery, only to discover a competitor dead in the fermenting tub, clutching a secret recipe.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

From Ellie Alexander, beloved author of the Bakeshop Mysteries, comes the first in an intoxicating new series: Death on Tap.

When Sloan Krause walks in on her husband, Mac, screwing the barmaid, she gives him the boot. Sloan has spent her life in Leavenworth, Washington becoming an expert in brewing craft beer, and she doesn’t have time to be held back by her soon-to-be ex-husband. She decides to strike out on her own, breaking away from the Krause family brewery, and goes to work for Nitro, the hip new nano-brewery in the Bavarian-themed town. Nitro’s owner, brewmaster Garrett Strong, has the brew-world abuzz with his newest recipe, “Pucker-Up IPA.” This place is the new cool place in town, and Mac can’t help but be green with envy at their success.

But just as Sloan is settling in to her new gig, she finds one of Nitro’s competitors dead in the fermenting tub, clutching the secret recipe for the IPA. When Mac is arrested, Sloan knows that her ex might be a cheater, but a murderer? No way. Danger is brewing in Beervaria and suddenly Sloan is on the case.